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Future Covers Mass Appeal

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


The Mass Appeal staff invaded Atlanta and brought in some big guns in Bonsu Thompson and Jonathan Mannion to pen and shoot Future, respectively, for their 57th issue.

Read the full cover story, in which he speaks on coming up under the Dungeon Family, his public breakup with Ciara, the motivation behind his now historic trio of 2014-15 mixtapes and more, here.

Previously: Future – Colossal (Video)

Drake Covers W Magazine

Thursday, October 15th, 2015


The Great Drake Media Embargo of 2014-15 continues to crumble as he graces the cover of W Magazine’s new issue. With an emphasis on art, the issue presents Drake as a muse for artists such as KAWS (who did the cover), JIM JOE, Mark Flood and Katherine Berhhardt. You can check out the Drake-inspired works they created here, and read the quick Q&A he did with writer Lynn Hirschberg for the issue here.

Here he is speaking on the “I signed up for greatness” quote he made at the height of the Meek Mill fuckery.

When you wrote, “I signed up for greatness,” what exactly did you mean?
Realizing that I had a larger purpose was one of the most comforting, peaceful feelings. With music, especially, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a vessel to deliver emotion to people. I want to provide the background music to your life as you live it. I’m there for you in heartbreak and tragedy and joy. The thought of being remembered is what keeps me going. What I was trying to say is, the negatives don’t matter—it’s history that counts. At 19, I was just really, really excited to be in the room. Everything was romantic then. Now, nearly a decade later, it’s a bit different. I have to speak against negativity and conflict. There’s so much bullshit that you’re forced to address, but it’s okay. I’m afraid I sound boosie.

Previously: Nicki Minaj Just Wants Meek Mill/Drake Beef to Be Over

Drake Covers FADER’s 100th Issue

Thursday, September 24th, 2015


Drake graces the 100th issue of FADER magazine and offers his first in-depth interview since last year’s controversial Rolling Stone Q&A. And it’s a doozy. He touches on alot here, but let’s be real, you want to know if he addresses Meek Mill and the ghostwriting allegations.

He in fact does. Here he is expressing his amazement at the lack of preparation and strategy that went into Meek’s offensive:

When a reply to “Charged Up” didn’t come, Drake could hardly believe it. “This is a discussion about music, and no one’s putting forth any music?” he says, speaking with a furrowed brow, as if reliving his incredulity. “You guys are gonna leave this for me to do? This is how you want to play it? You guys didn’t think this through at all—nobody? You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something? You’re gonna engage in a conversation about writing music, and delivering music, with me? And not have anything to put forth on the table?”

As the days ticked by and a rebuttal from Meek Mill continued to not materialize, Drake became almost offended at the lack of hustle the other team was putting in. “It was weighing heavy on me,” he says. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get how there was no strategy on the opposite end. I just didn’t understand. I didn’t understand it because that’s just not how we operate.”

And that’s when he wrote “Back To Back.” He also kind of vaguely addresses the Quentin Miller reference tracks, speaks on locking back in with 40 for his new album Views From The 6, the significance of “Know Yourself” to him and Toronto, his quest for new groundbreaking flows and much more. Read the full FADER cover story here.

Previously: Future & Drake Record What A Time To Be Alive (Behind the Scenes)

The New Yorker’s Kanye Cover

Friday, September 4th, 2015


Kanye’s recent announcement of a potential 2020 presidential bid prompts an illustrated New Yorker cover. The image, by artist Barry Blitt, is inspired by the famous photo of Harry Truman holding a misprinted newspaper cover that read Dewey Beats Truman, a premature and inaccurate headline printed by the Chicago Daily Tribune in the wake of the 1948 election.

Says Blitt about the concept behind the image:

“And when one considers Mr. West, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to be reminded of another scrappy kid who won the Presidency, back in 1948, against all odds. The press wrote him off, too. That’s right—Harry Truman.”

h/t to Miss Info

Related: Kanye West for President

Previously: Watch Kanye Accept His Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs

Khloé Kardashian Covers Complex

Monday, July 27th, 2015


I never thought I’d ever be composing a Khloé Kardashian centric post, but damn, here we are.

Watch some behind the scenes from the photo shoot below and read the cover story from the August/September issue by Lauren Nostro here.

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N.W.A Covers The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


N.W.A, both the actual founding members (well, two of them at least) and their on-screen counterparts, grace the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The industry trade spoke with all 4 surviving members of the group about the new biopic Straight Outta Compton, the long road they took to get it greenlit and the murder charge Suge Knight picked up during the filming of a promo clip in Compton.

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, both integral members of the group and hands-on producers of the film, opened up about the multiple incarnations of the script and the early struggles to get the notoriously wary Hollywood establishment on board with such a controversial story. Writer Tatiana Siegel also spoke with Cube’s son (who plays him in the film) about filling his famous father’s shoes, and director F.Gary Gray on how he got inside the minds of the group members.

On the Suge incident, after explaining that he wasn’t on set at the time, Dre offers:

“I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn’t have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It’s crazy that this happened during the f—ing filming of the commercial.”

“It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” says Dre. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”

Read the full profile here and catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters on August 14th.

Previously: Behind the Scenes of Straight Outta Compton with Fab Five Freddy & N.W.A

Kanye Covers GQ’s Most Stylish Men Alive Issue

Monday, June 22nd, 2015


Mr. West graces one of the covers of GQ‘s new Most Stylish Men Alive issue. Kanye is joined on the twenty slot list by the likes of Jay Z, A$AP Rocky, Ryan Gosling and Russell Westbrook. Check out the full list here.

Kanye also joins Ricardo Tiscci and of Givenchy and Kendall Jenner on the new Vogue Japan cover, check that out below.

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XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015


DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, K Camp, OG Maco, Raury, Shy Glizzy, Tink, Vince Staples and fan selection Kidd Kidd of G-Unit are the 10 MC’s filling out XXL’s 2015 Freshman class. The magazine will be rolling out freestyles, interviews and more from the group over the next several weeks, so be on the look out for that and check out some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

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FKA Twigs Covers Complex

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Myself and Robert Pattinson’s future ex FKA Twigs splits the cover of the June/July issue of Complex with KiD CuDi and Jeremy Piven.

Hit the jump for behind the scenes footage from the shoot and read the full cover story by Cedar Pasori here.

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KiD CuDi & Jeremy Piven Cover Complex

Monday, June 1st, 2015


KiD CuDi plays Ari Gold’s assistant in the new Entourage film, and now the pair grace the June/July issue of Complex.

Read the full joint cover story by Joe La Puma here and check out some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

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